Honda CRV 2005 review: model, price in Nigeria, engine, specifications and more
Find out the model, price in Nigeria, engine, specifications in our in-depth review of the Honda CRV 2005.
Being the second generation, Honda CRV 2005 keeps all of the distinctive features of the original CRV but comes with a more spacious interior, more powerful engine and more stylish design. Although the 2005 model is larger and heavier than the predecessor, its great fuel economy retains and the horsepower is even boosted. These outstanding features are perhaps enough for you to drive home a tokunbo Honda CRV 2005, but wait, read our in-depth review of this admirable SUV and your love for this car will be surely greater.
1. Honda CRV 2005 model: Selling points
The Honda CRV 2005 model boasts to be one of the top favorite used cars in the compact SUV class. It is attractive, compact yet very roomy with a plenty of ample headroom, rear seat legroom and spacious cargo that can be widened by folding and flipping the rear seats forward. The car also comes equipped with smart features such as the concealed fold-out picnic table which reveals how versatile and convenient it is. The engine, meanwhile, is beyond sufficient with 160 hp, which is completely capable of towing the Honda CRV 2005 into the beach or even a mountain ski resort.
The Honda CRV 2005 model boasts to be one of the top favorite used cars in the compact SUV class
The car also comes equipped with smart features such as the concealed fold-out picnic table, revealing how versatile and convenient it is
The Honda CRV 2005 also showcases a good fuel economy, albeit more efficient on the highway than around town driving. The car is also well-known as a reliable tokunbo car as it can remain the value impressively even when its odometer has shown the 100,000-mile mark.
The CRV also showcases a good fuel economy, albeit more efficient on the highway than around town driving
2. Honda CRV 2005 review: Outstanding Features & Options
Being the base trim in the lineup, the Honda CRV 2005 LX is evaluated to be nicely equipped, with front-wheel- or 4-wheel drive (4WD) and an option of 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. The variant also includes 4-wheel disc brakes, black bumpers and mirrors, air conditioning, removable fold-out picnic table, power windows, a rear wiper/washer, 15-inch steel wheels, tilt wheel, power mirrors, an AM/FM/CD/Cassette stereo, cruise control and power locks.
An AM/FM/CD/Cassette stereo, cruise control and power locks are also equipped in the Honda CRV 2005
Meanwhile, the Honda CRV 2005 EX is added anti-lock brakes, color-keyed mirrors, remote keyless entry, front side airbags, a 6-disc CD changer, alloy wheels and a power moonroof.
Both versions are available with 4WD and armed with a 2.4 L 4-cylinder powertrain combined with a 5-speed manual transmission.
In 2005, the Honda CRV SE variant got additional bringing heated front seats, heated side mirrors, leather interior, color keyed side molding, mirrors and door handles, a hard spare tire shell and color-keyed bumpers.
Rear seat legroom and spacious cargo can be widened by folding and flipping the rear seats forward
It is attractive, compact yet very roomy with a plenty of ample headroom
Honda CRV 2005
3. Honda CRV 2005 engine and performance
The Honda CRV 2005 engine is only available in one option: a 160 hp 2.4 L 4-cylinder powertrain. Accompanied by VTEC (lift and variable valve timing) technology of Honda, the engine showcases a superb performance, smooth operation and impressive fuel economy. The standard 5-speed manual version is rare in the lineup and it is hard to find as most CRV owners usually choose the automatic variants.
The Honda CRV 2005 engine is only available in one option: a 160 hp 2.4 L 4-cylinder powertrain
It also has a Real Time 4WD option which is a part-time system that comes with the front wheels slip but no locking low gear or 2-speed transmission is offered, so off-roading is off the table. On the road, the Honda CRV 2005 shows a great balance and confidence.
Although the Honda CRV 2005 model owns a ground clearance just at 7 inches, it still displays an excellent capacity as rounding corners, which is as impressive as a compact sedan’s performance. The steering wheel is very responsive and direct and the automatic gearbox shifts gently with abrupt gear changes and little gear hunting.
Although the Honda CRV 2005 model owns a ground clearance just at 7 inches, it still displays an excellent capacity as rounding corners
The CRV braking system comes quite good but the pedal is likely not firm enough, still feels a little soft. If the car runs on the highways with high speed, you may hear some wind and tire noise creep but it is not annoying.
For the EPA manual transmission, the Honda CRV 2005 drinks 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. These figures for the AWD 5-speed automatic transmission are 20 mpg and 25 mpg, for the 5-speed manual are 19 mpg and 24 mpg, respectively.
4. Honda CRV 2005 problems
There are few, minor Honda CRV 2005 problems were reported. Below are the most common problems we heard from users:
The air conditioning system does not blow cold
A damaged AC compressor may cause the AC vents do not blow cold air. Typically, when the compressor fails, the scrap is spread throughout the whole A/C system, lead to an expensive maintenance.
Door lock cannot turn due to wear out tumblers
Sometimes, the door lock could be sticky or not work as normal, this may be caused by worn-out door lock tumblers. In this case, you need to move the lock and replace the tumblers by new ones.
Noise leaks when running due to differential fluid breakdown
The differential fluid breakdown could cause a groaning noise at the rear differential. To correct this problem, you need to buy a new rear differential.
In 2005, a recall was implemented for a sensor that possibly fails to detect the location of side passengers.
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When it turns to reliability and resale issue, the Toyota RAV4 is considered to be the strongest rival of the Honda CRV 2005. In 2005, the RAV4 got a stronger engine which is bigger than the CRV’s and in 2006, it appears with a new bigger model with a new third-row seat.
Another strong candidate of the Honda CRV 2005 is the Ford Escape which has an equal roomy interior to the CRV but as comparing the repair history and resale, the Escape seems to be a little bit fragile.
Some may not consider the Mitsubishi Outlander is also a rival of the CRV but in fact, it is good enough to compete with the CRV as it comes with a number of same features but at a lower price. The reliability and repair of the Outlander is also quite good.
The next one is the Subaru Forester. The car doesn’t provide spacious cabin space, especially the back seat area is quite cramped. However, it comes with the enduring all-wheel drive, reliability ratings, equally good resale and a turbocharged engine option. However, the Forester will probably be more expensive than the CRV, and its 2.5-L scooter engine has earned a well-deserved reputation for blowing head gaskets about 100,000 miles.
6. Honda CRV 2005 model specifications
Honda CRV 2005 model specifications
Engine Block/Cylinder Head
Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)
160 @ 6000
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm)
162 @ 3600
Bore and Stroke (mm)
16-Valve DOHC i-VTEC®
Track (in., front/rear)
60.4 / 60.8
Minimum Ground Clearance (in.)
Curb Weight (lbs., MT/AT)
N/A / 3318
Weight Distribution (%, front/rear, MT)
Weight Distribution (%, front/rear, AT)
Towing Capacity (lbs.)
Headroom (in., front/rear)
40.9 / 39.1
Legroom (in., front/rear)
41.3 / 39.4
Shoulder Room (in., front/rear)
56.9 / 56.5
Hiproom (in., front/rear)
54.5 / 53.5
Cargo Volume (cu. ft., seat up/down)
33.5 / 72.0
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.)
3-Point Seat Belts at all Seating Positions
Front 3-Point Seat Belts with Automatic Tensioning System
Adjustable Front Seat Belt Anchors
Dual-Stage, Dual-Threshold Front Airbags (SRS)
Front Side Airbags with Passenger-Side Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS)
Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)
Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA®)
Side-Impact Door Beams
Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH)
Child-Proof Rear Door Locks
Immobilizer Theft-Deterrent System
7. Honda CRV 2005 price in Nigeria
Please consult the table below for the latest tokunbo Honda CRV 2005 price in Nigeria. We also include the prices of the Honda CRV of other model years for your further information.
Honda CRV 2005 price in Nigeria
1996 – 2001
N800K – N950K
2002 – 2006
N1.2 million – N1.6 million
2007 – 2012
N2.2 million – N3.1 million
8. Honda CRV 2005 review: Our recommendation
All are considered, we believe that all variants of the Honda CRV 2005 are great choices for you. If fuel economy is your top concern, the SE and the EX with all-wheel drive will be our recommendation. They are also equipped with standard VSC traction control and stability, accompanied with side curtain airbags, making them are the best choice for resale, safety, features and comfort.
Naijauto.com hopes that our Honda CRV 2005 review has given you a comprehensive overview of this much-awaited crossover from Honda.